compulsive Definition

  • 1resulting from or relating to an irresistible urge, especially one that is against one's conscious wishes
  • 2having the power to compel

Using compulsive: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "compulsive" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

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    He has a compulsive need to check his phone every few minutes.

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    She has a compulsive personality and always needs to be in control.

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    Compulsive gambling can lead to financial ruin.

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    The book was a compulsive read that kept me up all night.

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    His compulsive behavior was starting to affect his relationships.

compulsive Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with compulsive

  • a person who lies frequently and impulsively, often for no apparent reason


    He was a compulsive liar and couldn't help but exaggerate everything he said.

  • an eating disorder characterized by episodes of uncontrollable eating followed by feelings of guilt and shame


    Her compulsive eating had led to significant weight gain and health problems.

  • a repetitive behavior or action that a person feels compelled to perform, often to relieve anxiety or stress


    His compulsive behavior included checking the locks on his doors multiple times before leaving the house.

Origins of compulsive

from Latin 'compulsivus', from 'compellere' meaning 'to compel'


Summary: compulsive in Brief

The term 'compulsive' [kəmˈpʌlsɪv] refers to an irresistible urge, often against one's conscious wishes, or having the power to compel. It can describe behaviors like checking one's phone frequently or reading a book compulsively. 'Compulsive' extends into phrases like 'compulsive liar,' and 'compulsive eating,' denoting disorders characterized by uncontrollable behavior.

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